True freedom is not autonomy, but fidelity to the Lord. The Anointed One who came to “proclaim liberty to captives” in Jubilee fashion (Luke 4:18) took the form of a slave and became obedient to death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:7-8).
In the ancient world in which slavery was ubiquitous, Paul’s declaration that all persons are free and equal in Christ Jesus sounded revolutionary. The Sabbath and Jubilee laws in the Torah concerning the just and humane treatment of indentured servants and slaves—revolutionary in their own time—paved the way for Christ to transcend social status all together.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise.Galatians 3:28-29
High-born and low are free before God,
Yoked to the Lord under Heaven’s rod.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”Matthew 11:28-30